21st September 1998

Simon Beamish


To whom it may concern

Seeking Intern Position in the Field of Town Planning

Please accept the attached curriculum vitae as my expressed interest in joining your firm / organisation to contribute and develop my skills and abilities. I have recently completed my Master's degree in Town & Regional Planning at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and am now hoping to gain an intern position with a successful and well-established UK town planning firm / organisation. My main objective is to gain a broader insight into the planning profession during my sabbatical in the UK.

In determining my future career path here in South Africa, I have been advised by planners in the field that such a practical experience would greatly enrich my academic background and prove invaluable to my development as a planner. I am committed to skilling myself and feel that any exposure to international planning principles and precedent would greatly benefit my contribution to the South Africa profession.

The attached curriculum vitae summarizes my experiences and highlights a few of my most recent academic and extramural accomplishments. At university I was extensively involved in Student Leadership, and tried hard to augment the academic side of my degrees with practical experience in the form of relevant vacation work and involvement in many service organisations on campus. For my Masters Thesis "A Spatial Development Framework for the Saldanha-Vredenburg Peninsula" I gained a distinction and the top class mark for my year.

In reiterating my enthusiasm to work for your firm / organisation I am confident that the skills and conceptual insight that I could contribute as a planner, coupled with my eagerness to learn, would ensure a positive addition to your planning team. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications and enthusiasm for any available positions. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Simon Beamish



It is my objective to visit the United Kingdom in November this year on sabbatical, in order to gain a broader insight and enrich my experiences in the Town Planning profession before specializing and completing further studies relevant to my career in South Africa.

  • Rich extramural involvement at both School and University. 1985 - 1997
  • Commissioned Officer in the South African National Defence Force. 1991
  • Bachelor of Social Science Degree, University of Cape Town, RSA. 1993 - 1995
  • Extensive Involvement in Community Service Organisations & Student Leadership. 1993 - 1996
  • Valuable & Extensive Part-Time Work Experience. 1993 - 1997
  • Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning, University of Cape Town, RSA. 1996 - 1997
  • Awarded a Distinction & Highest Class Mark for Masters Thesis. 1998
  • Registered with the South African Council for Town & Regional Planners. 1998
  • Currently Employed as a Consultant with a Private Planning Firm in Cape Town. 1998

University: - University of Cape Town 1993 - 1997
Undergraduate Degree: - Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) 1993 - 1995
Major Subjects: - Psychology & Geography
Postgraduate Degree: - Masters of City & Regional Planning (MCRP) 1996 - 1997

At university I was extensively involved in Student Leadership, and tried hard to augment the academic side of my degrees with practical experience in the form of relevant vacation work and involvement in many service organisations on campus. For my MCRP Thesis "A Spatial Development Framework for the Saldanha-Vredenberg Peninsula" I gained a distinction and the top class mark for my year.


Jun. 1998 - Aug. 1998 Settlement Planning Services, Planning Consultant
Jan. 1997 WESGRO, Planning Researcher
1995 - 1997 Cape Town City Council - Planning Dept. Shadowing / Mentored
Dec. 1996 International Conference for Telkom, Transport Coordinator
Nov. 1996 Berco Indoor Gardens, Team Supervisor
Jan. 1996 - Jun. 1996 Kelvin Grove Country Club, Part-time Waiter
Dec. 1995 Windsurfing World Championships, Promoter / Assistant
Nov. 1995 - Nov. 1996 Peninsular Beverages, Powerade Rep
Aug. 1995 - Oct. 1995 Cellarmaster Wines, Promoter
Jan. 1995 - May. 1998 Various Office & Private Functions, Barman / Waiter
1994 - 1995 Students Health & Welfare Centres Org. RAG Executive

My part-time work experiences have complemented my academic and extramural career development objectives, whilst honing my basic business and interpersonal skills in a variety of work environments. In my current position as a trainee town planner for SetPlan, I have been contracted to undertake research aimed at defining and managing Cape Towns Urban Edge. Working as a private consultant has taught me the importance of taking initiative and being confident in ones own ability to get the job done.


My academic studies, part-time work experience and involvement in various service organisations have contributed towards the development of the following skills and abilities for a career in Town Planning:

Communication, and Presentation Skills:

  • well developed verbal and written communication skills
  • confident public speaker
  • experience liaising and negotiating with major sponsors
  • experience in chairing discussion groups and meetings, setting agenda’s and drawing up minutes
Leadership, Organisational and Administration Skills:
  • commissioned officer in the SANDF & held leadership positions on various committees and in sport
  • enjoy taking the initiative & co-ordinating the efforts of a team in order to achieve a common goal
  • experience working with and leading multi-disciplinary teams
Developed Planning Skills:
  • creative ability, backed by a strong conceptual and spatial insight
  • broad development in the social and environmental fields
  • competent working with maps, plans and other graphic materials
  • experience writing reports and drafting policies
  • extensive community service work
  • full computer literacy with a working knowledge of ArcView 3-GIS

I consider myself to be an enthusiastic, responsible and versatile person, who has a wide general knowledge and many interests stemming from my active involvement in various sporting and service activities. I enjoy taking initiative and using creative means to achieve practical ends. I also have a strong social conscience and am committed to my vision of making a positive contribution to the planning profession in South Africa.

References & a detailed CV available upon request

jobs homepage